Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Fifth Meeting of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg)

Date: 12 November - 14 November 2008
Place: Durban, South Africa

The WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg), previously known as the Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Product Regulation (SACTob), was created to help guide international policy development in the area of tobacco product regulation and facilitate access to scientific information for Member States. TobReg's membership is drawn from national and international experts on product regulation, tobacco dependence treatment, risk assessment, marketing, toxicology, disease reduction, environmental tobacco smoke, waterpipes, smokeless tobacco, and laboratory analysis of tobacco contents, emissions, and design features. The objective of TobReg is to advise WHO on scientifically sound recommendations to Member States addressing the most effective and evidence-based means to fill regulatory gaps in tobacco control and to achieve a coordinated regulatory framework for tobacco products.

At the 5th annual meeting, TobReg focused on issues critical in the field of tobacco product regulation. The agenda items tabled at this meeting include electronic cigarettes, roll your own (RYO) products, smokeless tobacco toxicants, regulation of products marketed as cessation aids, regulation of particles, and regulation of menthol. The resulting TobReg advisory opinion will then be compiled into TobReg's third technical report series, which will be presented at the January 2010 Executive Board meeting.

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